05 October 2015

Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili

I made Chicken, Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili on Sunday. It turned out delicious.

Here's a list of ingredients, but I did my own thing.

I chopped a medium onion, a couple of minced garlic cloves. I chopped two sweet potatoes, 1 can of black bean, any kind of bean would work. 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 box of chicken broth, 1 tbls. of chicken bouillon, 2 cups water, 1 cup of washed, organic quinoa, 2 uncooked chicken breast, 1 tbls. dried parsley, a splash of worcestershire sauce, and 1 packet of chili seasoning. I put all this in a soup pot, covered and cooked on medium until thicken and everything was cooked. I took the chicken out, shredded it, added back to chili, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

Topped with our favorite toppings, chopped avocado, chopped green onion, chopped cilantro, fresh lime, and shredded cheese. Toasted corn chips with garlic salt.

02 October 2015

Pork Chili Verde

It's hard to believe that summer is gone. It makes me a bit sad, but really loving the fall weather we're having. I totally enjoyed the Super Blood Moon. I don't have the camera equipment to get good photos, but I sure tried. The super moon. Totally magical.

Photo by SPBM

I made a Pork Chili Verde tonight and it was AMAZING!!! 
It will be a staple this fall and winter.
You can find the recipe here at Heather Christo.

photo by spbm

Let me tell you, MAKE THIS!!!
You will be happy you did.

25 September 2015

Friday Night Soup

It's been a busy week trying to track down medications for David. For some strange reason, medicare has decided they want to discuss with his doctor why he is being prescribed Digoxin, a heart medication. He has been without it all week. Trying to get hold of one of his doctors has been a nightmare. You cannot just call Truman and get a message to his doctor, impossible. So we called his heart doctor, they called in the wrong prescription to the pharmacy. So, here we are on Friday night, weekend ahead, no way to talk to the doctor's offices or anyone related about this. We have several hours and I do mean several, like about 6 hours just today, trying to straighten this mess out. We've called Claire McCaskill's office, talked to someone one time, now the calls just go straight to voice mail??? If he starts having any chest pains at all we'll have to go to ER. So ridiculous!!! I don't think people who have never dealt with these sorts of problems have any idea how much time it takes and how much mental and physical energy it takes to deal with it. One phone call can literally take 2 hours by the time you sit on hold and get passed around from one person to another. 

On another note, Ada got her fox quilt today and loved it. 

Photo: EDF

For dinner tonight I made a white bean, kale and vegetable soup. Turned out delicious,
packed with flavor.

 Photos: SPBM

Happy Weekend to all!

22 September 2015

Fancy Fox Quilt For Ada

It's been a busy week so far. As of 3:00 pm today I finished Ada's Fancy Fox Quilt. It is absolutely beautiful!!! I couldn't be happier with it. I have washed and dried it, and it is all soft, clean, and sweet smelling to be mailed to her tomorrow. Her brother has a blue one and even though I had made her another quilt, she wanted a fox quilt. She now has one. 

Photos: SPBM 
This is the back of the quilt.
I love the back of it, pretty enough to be used as the quilt.
Photo: SPBM
So happy to have it done.

And, I made her some napkins for her lunch box. She wanted some Hello Kitty, and I made her a couple of Halloween and Christmas napkins for the holidays. I need to get some Thanksgiving fabric, so she can have some for Thanksgiving.
Should make lunch time more fun.

And for some eating...it's tomato soup.

Last week I made some awesome tomato and basil soup. 
My own recipe, so all I can do is give you a list of ingredients. 
It was the best tomato soup ever. 
I used 1 box of tomatoes
1 red pepper
2 regular cans of stewed tomatoes
1 box chicken stock or broth
2 yellow onions
A couple tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves
1 tbls. parsley
kosher salt to taste
ground pepper to taste
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teas. dried thyme (maybe a little more)
1/2 teas. crushed red pepper flakes
About 3-4 cups fresh basil.

I drained the canned tomatoes, saving the juice in a bowl. I cut the fresh tomatoes in half - they were not very large -added them to a olive oil coated cookie sheet and added the drained stewed tomatoes, and sliced red pepper. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with kosher salt and ground pepper.Baked in a 400 degree oven until they look a bit caramelized. 
I added approximately 2 tbls. olive oil to a pan and cooked the chopped onion until tender, added crushed garlic cloves and stirred around a minute or two. 
Added juice from canned tomatoes and chicken broth to pot with onions and garlic, added spices, crushed red pepper, thyme, and cumin, and chopped fresh basil.
Added the roasted tomatoes and pepper, cooked uncovered until it thicken and reduced just a little. I used my hand blender and pureed just a little, leaving chunks and texture to the soup. 
Topped with colby jack cheese and chopped basil. 
Made some cheese quesadillas to go with the soup.
Let me tell you, it was perfect!!!
A great fall dinner.

You can easily add or subtract to suit your taste. I use a lot of herbs and spices, and you may not like so much. We loved it. 

18 September 2015

16 September 2015

Delicious Roasted Red Pepper and Potato Soup

I made a new soup tonight. I found it here. It is so easy and so delicious! They had some beautiful fresh corn on the cob at the store today and I could not resist getting an ear for the soup.

 Photo: SPBM
The only changes I made were using chicken broth in place of vegetable broth. I added the kernels from one ear of corn, some dried parsley and dried basil. I also used small potatoes with the skin left on, gave it a really nice earthy flavor.
 It will be a regular this winter. 

 Photo: SPBM
Find the recipe at Baking with Blondie

14 September 2015

Soup Time

 photo SPBM

So I made the best Chicken Tortilla Soup last night. I started with a recipe but ended up doing my own thing. Here's the recipe I started with. I made mine on top of the stove, and cooked the chicken with the soup, cut it up after it cooked. I added extra seasonings, parsley and cilantro. I did not drain the tomatoes and I used frozen corn. 

 Photo: SPBM

I brushed corn tortillas with olive oil and sprinkled a mixture of garlic and onion powder, smoked salt, and smoked paprika over the tortilla and cut them in strips. Baked them in a 350 degree oven until crispy. They were amazing!
The soup was so delicious I am making it again tonight. 

Photo: BPBM

I found some organic peaches at the store, they were huge. I cut one in half, skin and all, added coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, a slice of butter on each and chopped walnuts on top. Baked them in a 325 degree oven until they looked done. They were also delicious!!! Made a great dessert. Would have been even better with some fresh whipped cream.

Photo is before they went into the oven. My camera battery died and could not get a pic after they had cooked.


Yep, I made another pot of this amazing soup.

Photos: SPBM
I can't tell you in words how great this soup is. Seriously.

13 September 2015

A New Season Begins

It has been not such a great summer. And I was hoping for a kinder, gentler fall, but September has been anything but. Thursday nigh we were watching a movie and after it finished got up off the sofa and stepped in a lake. It had been raining really hard, and evidently, the roof that is no more than a year old is leaking, major big time leaking. Half of our living room was flooded and the entire basement was flooded. The insurance guy came Friday and helped pull up the carpet but left and we're sitting in a house with the furniture stacked on top of furniture in the living room, no place to sit, a total BIG mess! HOA was sending a guy to look at the roof Saturday, have no idea if he came or not, if so he never knocked on the door. The State Farm guy talked like they would just replace the pad under the carpet and put the carpet back down. I don't think so. I will rip the carpet up myself and paint the sub floor before I want the existing carpet to be put back down. I am terrified of mold. We still cannot figure out how the water came in, it had to have run down the inside of the wall and come through the floor that way. Which scares me about mold on the inside of the wall. Having an autoimmune disease, I sure do not want to deal with mold. I am really feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, which is causing a pretty rough flare up with my Sjogren's. I was just getting over a flare up the end of last week and now this. Geez!!! 

Not a pretty sight.

I did enjoy a great iced coffee one day last week. Too cool for iced coffee today. Gee, summer has left us. Not sure I am so ready for it to be over, but then it did not ask me if I wanted it to stay or go. 

Photo: SPBM

Was delicious!

Photo: SPBM

And one night last week I made BLT (I'm calling them tacos). They were fantastic. Made a dressing with avocado, a little mayo, and some seasonings and lime juice, turned out delicious. 

Photo: SPBM

And this I think is probably ture:
 “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” ~ Anton Chekhov